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No clue about rifleman of TA abducted in south Kashmir on Sunday
8/5/2020 12:03:37 AM

Early Times Report

Srinagar, Aug 4: Security agencies are still clueless on the whereabouts of Rifleman of Territorial Army (TA) who was abducted by suspected militants in Shopian on Sunday evening when he was driving his vehicle, which was later recovered in a damaged condition (burnt) in Kulgam.
So far, there was also no response to appeal by the family members of the soldier seeking his release.
Official sources said security forces and police personnel alongwith intelligence agencies have launched searches to trace the missing rifleman of 162 TA Shakir Manzoor, a resident of Harmain Shopian. However, there was no clue about Manzoor, who had come to his home to celebrate Eid-u-Adha with family members, sources said on Tuesday. ''We are on the job and working on different directions to trace the missing soldier'', they said. A defence ministry spokesman said on Monday that the soldier has been missing since 1700 hrs on Sunday.
However, his abandoned burnt car was later found near Kulgam, he said, adding that it is suspected that the soldier has been abducted by militants.
He said massive searches have been launched to trace the missing soldier.
Sources said Shakir had left his home at Harmain Shopian Sunday evening in the car. However, when he did not return, police was informed and a massive hunt launched to trace him.
They said his burnt car was later recovered at Rambhama in Kulgam. Meanwhile, family members of soldier have appealed to abductor to release him on humanitarian grounds.
This is not the first time that a soldier who has come on leave to celebrate festivals or other social gatherings with his family has been abducted by militants in south Kashmir. However, some of them were released while others were killed.
Army officer Lieutenant Umar Fayaz was abducted and later killed by militants in May 2017 in Shopian in south Kashmir.
The Army authorities had directed all soldiers from Kashmir to take extra precautions when they visit home on leave.
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